Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 54197
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/10/22 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2011/10/14-30 [Politics/Domestic/President/Reagan, Reference/Tax] UID:54197 Activity:nil
10/14   "SimCain?  Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan resembles the tax code in SimCity"
        \_ "The Tax Reform Act of 1986: Should We Do It Again?"
           "Reagan built on their efforts and put forward a very detailed plan
           for tax reform in May 1985, based on several years of work by the
           Treasury Department, that identified a long list of tax provisions
           needing pruning from the tax code, along with supporting analysis
           and documentation.
           Today, Republicans like Mr. Cain put most of their efforts into
           devising catchy slogans and almost none into providing details of
           their tax proposals."
           \_ Maybe we can dig up Reagan's corpse and have him run for
              President as the Zombie candidate.
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called it a "revolution" and "the most sweeping overhaul of our tax code in our nation's history." Reagan was especially pleased that "millions of the working poor will be dropped from the tax rolls altogether" and that rich people and big corporations would "pay their fair share." The law was indeed a major accomplishment, one that Reagan had every right to be proud of. But with the passage of time, it appears far less consequential than it did at the time. Although some aspects of the law remain part of our tax system, others were jettisoned with unseemly haste. The experience raises serious questions about the long-term effects of tax reform that those favoring an overhaul today would do well to learn from. At least on the Republican side of the political spectrum, there is a widespread belief that tax reform is the key to growth. The Republican leadership also contends that the only reform that really matters is cutting the top tax rate for individuals and corporations. It is practically impossible to find a Republican willing to put a specific tax preference -- exclusion, deduction, credit or loophole -- on the table for elimination. Of course, many Republicans will proclaim a willingness to wipe the slate clean and abolish all tax preferences. I discussed last week, would continue to allow a deduction for charitable contributions. In the Cain plan there is no personal exemption, no child credit, no earned income tax credit or any other provision aiding families or the poor -- but museums of modern art, Ivy League universities and public television stations would still be able to receive contributions that were tax deductible. Historically, wipe-the-slate-clean plans have always foundered when squeaky wheels insisted on one little exception. 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